Local News

  • N.M. population growth trails other western states

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s population has grown at the slowest rate in the western U.S. during the past decade, with more people migrating away from the state than arriving, according to research released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

    The analysis highlights demographic challenges confronting state and local leaders in New Mexico as they try boost employment opportunities and stem the flight of young professionals and tradesmen to more economically robust states.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, June 24, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 13 and June 20, 2018:

    Jesus F. Maes, Felony Attempted Aggravated Battery (Deadly Weapon).

    Veronica Martinez, Bench Warrant, Failure To Appear / Failure To Pay.

    Jennifer Rue, Felony Probation Violation, Use Or Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia.

    Dathian Lee Lucero, Resisting Arrest, Local City Ordinance, Shoplifting ($250 Or Less).

    Andrew Gabriel Pino, Shoplifting, Three Bench Warrants, Fta / Ftp.

  • Pearce to SOS: Pay up on court-ordered fees

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce’s gubernatorial campaign is demanding the state pay more than $133,000 from a lawsuit settlement before the November election.

    The Santa Fe New Mexico reports that attorneys for the Republican’s campaign on Thursday said the funds are needed before election day.

    They warned of legal action if the money isn’t received next month.

  • Prizes, valuable information given away at bike rodeo

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    On Saturday, June 2, the 27th annual Bike Safety Rodeo was presented by the Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas, The Las Vegas State Farm Insurance Co., the New Mexico Department of Transportation, Safe Kids New Mexico, the New Mexico Brain Injury Foundation and the Las Vegas Walmart store.

    Walmart provided the use of its  parking lot for the rodeo and also donated a bicycle to one of the participants.

    Kiwanis member Harry Leippe donated another bike for Kiwanis. The awarded bikes go to a girl and a boy.

  • San Miguel, Mora students among LANL scholarship recipients

    Submitted to the Optic

    ESPAÑOLA  — On May 6, Los Alamos National Laboratory, LANL Foundation, families, donors and guests celebrated the 107 Northern New Mexico students who received 113 awards from the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund.
    The scholarship reception and brunch, held that Eldorado Hotel, marked the 20th year of scholarships though the program. More than 300 guests attended.

  • Las Vegas man charged with 7th DWI

    A Las Vegas man was recently charged with his seventh of subsequent charge of Driving Under the Influence and other offenses after a State Police officer discovered he was not maintaining lanes.

    According to a report, Jesse E. Romero, 60, was arrested after he was pulled over at about 10:45 p.m. June 14, on I-25 southbound at about mile marker 338, between the Romeroville and Tecolote exits. State Police say he was driving his gray Toyota at various speeds, ranging from 58 to 72 mph, and wasn't maintaining lanes.

  • Luna faculty honor

    Luna Community College Culinary Arts Instructor Jessica McGee is the recipient of the school's Vice President's Outstanding Faculty Service Award for 2017-18.

  • Luna awaits HLC determination

    As the Higher Learning Commission's Board of Trustees is set to meet next weekend in Chicago, one of the items it will consider is whether Luna Community College will keep its national accreditation.

    Over the past vew months, while some Luna personnel have been working diligently on procedures and many other elements of the accreditation show-cause order issued by the HLC last fall, others have been working on the search for a new permanent president. 

  • City continues ‘Stage 0’ water restrictions

    The City of Las Vegas is continuing to impose “Stage Zero” water restrictions until further notice.

    Here are some of the provisions:

    • Even-numbered addresses can water outdoors on even numbered calendar days.

    • Odd-numbered addresses can water outdoors on odd numbered calendar days.

    • Irrigation is allowed only from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. or 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    •  Sprinklers shall be shut off during rainy and windy events.

  • One week to Fiestas

    For the 130th time, Fiestas de Las Vegas is about to draw families, dancers, music lovers and visitors from around the region to the Las Vegas Plaza.
    Beginning with La Reina Procession and Mass at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 29, and ending with fireworks at Gene Torres Golf Course on July 4, Fiestas will stretch over parts of six days this year.